City woodland uses sugar beet soil

British Sugar donates 500 tonnes of reclaimed soil to create woodland scene in inner London

A new development using 500 tonnes of reclaimed soil has helped to create a “woodland edge” garden in inner London. Shaftesbury Housing Association turned a former missionary society building in Newington Green, Islington, north London, into student residences. Landscape architect Colvin & Moggridge landscaped the scheme. The soil came from British Sugar. It is a waste product left after the company has washed millions of tons of sugar beet. The garden was then extensively planted. Project landscape architect Linda Birch said: “We wanted to recreate a woodland on one side with a mixed hedgerow opposite.” Shrubs were chosen to be hardy and shade tolerant. Among those chosen were Symphoricarpos chenaultii ‘Hancock’ and Sarcococca humilis. Woodland under-storey perennials were also used, including Luzula nivea and Epimedium. A hawthorn and blackthorn hedge was planted, as well maples, alders and Quercus x mauri to complement the existing mature trees, such as beeches and sycamores.

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